One of the things I love the most about cooking is how the smells created can conjure up the most wonderful memories. They can take you back to a moment in time so quickly. It's so amazing. This recipe is from my childhood, and the moment it starts cooking I can recall so vividly coming inside from sitting in fruit trees and eating the fresh (barely ripe) fruit to see my Nanna cook it her kitchen.
Now cooking it as an adult, it brings on that nostalgia. And makes me miss her and feel close to her all at the same time. And getting to gobble it all up is a bonus.
1.5kg ripe tomatoes
500g brown onions
2 tablespoons salt
2 cups brown vinegar
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 cups brown sugar
The process is pretty simple. Chop all the onion and tomato and place in separate bowls, sprinkle each bowl with a tablespoon of salt and stir. Leave to sit for an hour.
Add the tomato, onion (including all the juices that are now in the bottom of each bowl) and brown vinegar into a large heavy based pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Combine the mustard powder, mustard and pepper using a few spoonfuls of the pan liquid. Now add this to the pan and stir to combine. Bring back to the boil and simmer for 45 mins, stirring occasionally.
Add the brown sugar to the pan and stir to combine. Bring back to the boil and simmer for another 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Put the relish into sterile glass jars while still hot and put the lids on straight away, this will create a seal as it cools which allows you to store it in the pantry for months. That is if you can keep yourself from eating it all!
Makes approx 3 good sized jars.
Thank you Nanna xo